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Manager: Christian Pulisic 'looks pretty good' for Team USA

Field Level Media
03 Dec 2022, 04:19 GMT+10

U.S. men's national team star Christian Pulisic is a possibility to play in Saturday's Round of 16 World Cup match against the Netherlands in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Manager Gregg Berhalter said Friday that Pulisic's pelvic contusion is improving.

"Regarding Christian, we're going to see him on the training field (Friday). What I think is it looks pretty good," Berhalter said.

He didn't have as much optimism about the hopes injured forward Josh Sargent would play against the Netherlands. Like Pulisic, Sargent was injured in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Iran that advanced the United States to the knockout stage.

On the play in which he scored the winning goal, Pulisic collided with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand. Sargent was hurt as he fell after standing on the ball.

"He's another one we're going to test in training, see where he's at," Berhalter said about Sargent. "I think with Christian, we're hopeful. I think with (Sargent) a little less so. But we'll see. I mean, he's going to test, he's going to go at this time.

"At this stage, it's go time, and if you can push through it, you do it. So I'm sure he'll have that mindset."

The match is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

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